Qualifications of a Music Therapist 

Music therapists undergo extensive training and
national board certification in order to practice.


In order to become a board-certified music therapist (with the MT-BC credential), a person must:

  • Complete a bachelor's degree or higher from an approved university program
  • Complete 1200 hours of clinical training, including a 6-month supervised internship
  • Pass a national board certification exam through the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)
  • Maintain continuing education credits in order to recertify every 5 years
  • Adhere to the American Music Therapy Association's Standards of Clinical Practice, Code of Ethics, and Professional Competencies
  • In addition to this, some states (including Utah) certify music therapists on a state level